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Post-Colonial Theory and Action Research
Jim B. Parsons,Kelly J. Harding
Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry , 2011,
Abstract: This essay explores connections between post-colonial theory and action research. Post-colonial theory is committed to addressing the plague of colonialism. Action research, at its core, promises to problematize uncontested ‘colonial’ hegemonies of any form. Both post-colonial theory and action research engage dialogic, critically reflective and collaborative values to offer a fuller range of human wisdom. The authors contend that post-colonialism theory calls for justice and seeks to speak to social and psychological suffering, exploitation, violence and enslavement done to the powerless victims of colonization around the world by challenging the superiority of dominant perspectives and seeking to re-position and empower the marginalized and subordinated. In similar ways, action research works to eradicate oppression, powerlessness and worthlessness by affirming solidarity with the oppressed, helping humans move from passive to active and by fundamentally reshaping power. Because both post-colonial theory and action research position the insider or oppressed in an ethic of efficacy, it values community, relationships, communication and equality, and is committed to reciprocity, reflexivity and reflection. Thus, both hold the potential to help reconstruct conditions for a more democratic and just society.
Story from Canada: An Episode to a New Beginning with L.E.A.P
Ivy Kwan,Jim Parsons
Humanising Language Teaching , 2011, DOI: 17559715
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Myth and Momentum: A Critique of Environmental Impact Assessments  [PDF]
Andrew J. Wright, Sarah J. Dolman, Michael Jasny, E. C. M. Parsons, Doris Schiedek, Sharon B. Young
Journal of Environmental Protection (JEP) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/jep.2013.48A2009
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Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are designed to evaluate all reasonably foreseeable environmental consequences of human activities. Appropriate governmental scientists traditionally produced EIAs for management agencies in many countries. However, many EIAs are now contracted out, often to the lowest bidder without due consideration of expertise. Others suffer from limited agency resources. Consequently, many EIAs have become insufficiently researched documents that draw heavily from previous EIAs while being rushed to completion to meet legislative deadlines or avoid delaying projects. Habitual treatment of topics often ignores recent scientific literature, perpetuating previous misconceptions and analytical flaws. Common problems in EIAs discussing wildlife include: a focus on lethal takes, with little consideration of non-lethal impacts or habitat degradation; a general dismissal of the possibility that non-significant (to the resource) impacts can, when combined, become significant; and the assumption that behavioral habituation in animals represents an end of impact. Incentive to break the cycle is somewhat lacking in this now often commercially competitive environment, where contracts are increasingly awarded by industry, generating potential conflict of interest. We believe investment in thorough, impartially written, scientifically-based and up-to-date EIAs is important for appropriately representing and managing ecosystems and their resources and avoiding potentially expensive litigation.

Geophysical Investigation of the Fresh-Saline Water Interface in the Coastal Area of Abergwyngregyn  [PDF]
Ismaila B. Obikoya, Jim D. Bennell
Journal of Environmental Protection (JEP) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/jep.2012.39121
Abstract: The importance of the study of saline/fresh water incursion cannot be over-emphasized. Borehole sampling has been extensively used, but it is intrusive, quite expensive and time consuming. Electrical resistivity and electromagnetic techniques have proved successful in groundwater studies since geologic formation properties like porosity and permeability can be correlated with electrical conductivity signatures. Non-intrusive surface geophysical mapping comprising electrical resistivity and electromagnetic methods has been employed to investigate freshwater intrusion and delineate the fresh-saline water interface at the inter-tidal area of Abergwygregyn, North Wales, United Kingdom. Frequency Domain Electromagnetic Profiling and Constant Separation Traversing were used to produce 2-D images and contour plots enabling the identification of freshwater plumes onshore and in the central parts of the study area. Ground truth methods comprised chemical analyses and detailed, point specific information on the stratigraphy. The freshwater intruding from the coastal area appears to be pushing the saline-water further offshore due to the high piezometric head caused by the mountains and hills of Snowdonia adjacent to the study area. The fresh/saline water interface correlates quite well with previous studies carried out in the area. On the basis of the results of the resistivity and conductivity geophysical investigations the freshwater plumes and fresh/saline water interface in the study area were effectively identified and delineated.
DIVERSITY AND MORPHOLOGY OF THE SPECIES OF PSEUDONITZSCHIA (BACILLARIOPHYTA) OF THE NATIONAL PARK SISTEMA ARRECIFAL VERACRUZANO, SW GULF OF MEXICO
Michael L. Parsons,Yuri B. Okolodkov,José A. Aké-Castillo
Acta botánica mexicana , 2012,
Abstract: Con el fin de evaluar el riesgo para el ecosistema marino y la salud humana, se estudió la diversidad y la morfología de las diatomeas del género Pseudo-nitzschia del Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano, en el suroeste del Golfo de México. Se realizaron muestreos semanalmente en siete sitios georeferenciados durante un ciclo anual de mayo de 2005 a mayo de 2006. Las muestras se tomaron de la capa superficial de 30 cm de la columna de agua con una red fitoplanctónica de 20 μm de tama o de malla. Con ayuda de los microscopios fotónico, electrónico de transmisión y electrónico de barrido se identificaron siete especies de Pseudo-nitzschia: las no tóxicas P. cf. subcurvata (estudiada solamente en el microscopio fotónico) y P. brasiliana, y las potencialmente venenosas, causantes de la intoxicación amnésica por consumo de mariscos (ASP) debido al ácido domoico: P. calliantha, P. cuspidata, P. delicatissima, P. pseudodelicatissima y P. pungens.Se concluye que existe riesgo potencial de ASP en el área de estudio. P. brasiliana y P. calliantha son nuevos registros para el suroeste del Golfo de México. Las comparaciones con los estudios en el norte del mismo cuerpo marino indican que la diversidad de Pseudonitzschia en el Golfo de México puede ser más alta que la documentada en el presente, y que algunas especies (e.g., P. multiseries) pueden tener limitaciones ecológicas y biogeográficas (e.g., temperaturas menores de 27 oC).
Colorectal tumour BRAF V600E and MLH1 promoter methylation status in the assessment of mismatch repair gene sequence variants of unknown clinical significance
Parsons M,Thompson B,Goldgar D,Hopper J
Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1897-4287-10-s2-a75
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Is Groenvlei really fed by groundwater discharged from the Table Mountain Group (TMG) Aquifer?
R Parsons
Water SA , 2009,
Abstract: Vankervelsvlei is a unique wetland located in the stabilised dunes east of Sedgefield. Groenvlei is one of a series of 5 brackish coastal lakes along the Southern Cape coast of South Africa, but is the only one disconnected from the sea. It has been hypothesised that discharge from the underlying Table Mountain Group Aquifer sustains Vankervelsvlei, which in turn discharges into Groenvlei. This paper critically reviews the conceptual model and information on which the hypothesis was based. It is argued that the conceptual model is flawed as it does not take account of topographical and geohydrological conditions prevalent in the area. Analysis of limited hydrochemical data did not explore other possible water sources, and the electrical conductivity characteristics used to confirm the link between the wetlands and the deeper secondary aquifer also apply to 56.3% of boreholes located in a variety of aquifer types across the Western Cape Province. No information is available that supports a link to the Table Mountain Group. Rather, it appears that Vankervelsvlei is sustained by direct rainfall and there is no hydraulic link between Vankervelsvlei and Groenvlei.
Is Groenvlei really fed by groundwater discharged from the Table Mountain Group (TMG) Aquifer?
R Parsons
Water SA , 2009,
Abstract: Vankervelsvlei is a unique wetland located in the stabilised dunes east of Sedgefield. Groenvlei is one of a series of 5 brackish coastal lakes along the Southern Cape coast of South Africa, but is the only one disconnected from the sea. It has been hypothesised that discharge from the underlying Table Mountain Group Aquifer sustains Vankervelsvlei, which in turn discharges into Groenvlei. This paper critically reviews the conceptual model and information on which the hypothesis was based. It is argued that the conceptual model is flawed as it does not take account of topographical and geohydrological conditions prevalent in the area. Analysis of limited hydrochemical data did not explore other possible water sources, and the electrical conductivity characteristics used to confirm the link between the wetlands and the deeper secondary aquifer also apply to 56.3% of boreholes located in a variety of aquifer types across the Western Cape Province. No information is available that supports a link to the Table Mountain Group. Rather, it appears that Vankervelsvlei is sustained by direct rainfall and there is no hydraulic link between Vankervelsvlei and Groenvlei.
The Space of Remembering: Collective Memory and the Reconfiguration of Contested Space in Argentina’s ESMA
Parsons, Emily
452o F : Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada , 2011,
Abstract: This paper explores the ongoing history of the ESMA museum’s developmentand argues that the intrinsic and conflictual collective memory work involved is characterized by competing desires to remember and to forget, rooted in the physical,visible, and public space of ESMA.
Interpreta o da arte através de metáforas =Interpreting art through metaphors
Parsons, Michael
Educa??o , 2011,
Abstract: O artigo aborda o pensamento nas artes através da metáfora. Reconhece a relevancia da posi o de Lakoff e Johnson, que veem a metáfora como a maneira fundamental pela qual elaboramos os significados das nossas experiências corporais. Contudo, a maior parte das pesquisas refere-se às metáforas verbais. O presente trabalho enfoca as metáforas visuais, especificamente, se e como as metáforas na mídia visual s o diferentes de metáforas na mídia verbal, tendo como referência a obra de Max Black, que defende o ponto de vista de que a metáfora é basicamente uma quest o de pensamento e n o simplesmente uma figura de linguagem. The article discusses thinking in the arts through metaphors. It acknowledges the relevance of Lakoff and Johnson’s position. They see metaphors as the essential way in which we work through the meanings of our bodily experiences. However, most of the research refers to verbal metaphors. This study focuses on visual metaphors, specifically, whether and how metaphors in visual media are different from metaphors in verbal media, based on a reference to the work of Max Black who advocates the point of view that a metaphor is basically a matter of thinking and not simply a figure of language.
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